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♪ breaking this morning -- isis claiming responsibility for deadly attacks in afghanistan, killing more than 30 people in suicide bombings. and new surveillance video from inside i walmart shows an arizona man stealing a rifle and ammo before being run over by a police cruiser. a kentucky judge's rant going viral. he slams the victims of a home invasion. not the suspect. now calls for him to step down
from the bench. and all eyes on new hampshire as republican presidential hopefuls take center stage this week. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. on saturday morning, i'm christi paul. >> and i'm joe johns in for victor blackwell. >> we want to start with breaking news out of afghanistan. isis is claiming responsibility for a deadly suicide attack in jalalab jalalabad. about 150 miles from the capital of kabul. more than 100 others wounds and a man on a motor bike blew himself up in front of a bank. we'll bring in someone who know the region quite well cnn military analyst lieutenant
general mark hertling. general, thank you for being with us, first of all, what do we know about this isis branch in afghanistan? >> early on, christi, they have suggested, they being isis, suggested they are expanding into afghanistan. the commander has said that he's concerned about that. but he's not sure whether or not it's truly isis or just some offshoot of the taliban trying to grow in stature and status. so we're a little concerned about that in terms of actually naming the organization. but its certainly disheartening to seal this type of an explosion in jalalabad linked to isis. that's disturbing. >> they target government servants, they say, who are going to collect a paycheck.
there his shake the government? >> well, remember, christi, they're still standing up the forces. that's why we continue to have forces there for a longer period of time. i think this will shake them up. they realize they've got to provide security. it's an additional aspect of the attacks that caused just chaos within a local population and within the government to show that the government is ineffective. so these are the kind of things these terrorist organizations do. >> general, afghanistan -- isis is calling afghanistan and pakistan the caliphate province of scocorasan. we're seen their claims in north africa and yemen. they're just trying to take over the global leadership, it's a global branding tool. the more they think they can get other terror organizations to join them, the more powerful and
generally scary they appear. >> general hertling, stand by. >> we want to move over to iraq now, we have new details coming in an attack near the u.s. consulate in the kurdish iraqi city of erbil. isis now claiming responsibility for the suicide car bomb blast. officials say at least four people were killed, 18 injured but all u.s. consulate personnel are safe and accounted for. let's bring in cnn international correspondent ivan watson. ivan, what else do we know about this blast? >> good morning, joe. well, a suicide car bomb, it doesn't succeed in damaging the u.s. consulate. and, again, as you mentioned all the diplomats there. none of them were harmed. but it has put the kurdish safe haven on edge. and shattered the calm that people have enjoyed there. certainly ripped through a number of restaurants and cafes frequented by foreigners in a
town that receives daily international flights at its international airport. in a city that hosts international hotel chains, and despite close proximity to isis front lines in the war in iraq, which are located in some instances only about 45 minutes' drive away, erbil was considered quite safe. despite this war footing. so we're already getting reports that perhaps the kurdish peshmerga are trying to retaliate. reports that they're carrying out a joint operation with iraqi security forces and militiaings to the south of kirkuk right now. and that's roughly in the area where a senior militant figure who was once saddam hussein's right-hand man, ibrahim aldouri
was kill we've seen video. and they had do suggest photo images that this is in fact the former right-hand man of saddam hussein who succeeded while being a fugitive, in leading rebel groups in iraq, for 12 years, after the u.s. invasion of iraq. it does suggest that he is in fact the man who was killed. these are images of him at a morgue in baghdad. his body is undergoing dna testing. and iraqi authorities say within 48 hours they should be able to confirm 100% whether that is in fact the man who had a $10 million u.s. bounty calling for his capture. the man who is called the cling of clubs on the most wanted list ira iraqis. he was considered an affiliate
that had allied and had intentions with isis. so it's not likely, even if he's been killed, that that will dramatically change the situation on that blood battlefield in iraq. >> thanks for that information, ivan watson. we'll be checking back with you. we have another story we want to get to you. police stop an isis-inspired attack. australian officials have arrested five men after a major counterterrorism operation there. the interests which involved about 200 office, as we understand it. took place earlier today in melbourne. and investigators say the men were planning to attack police during a national ceremony. we know at least one suspect is already there. >> for more on this story,ly bring back general mark hertling. let's talk about isis with the responsibility for this attack in erbil. is isis trying to show
essentially that it can reach beyond iraq and syria. do you thinks that part of the point here? >> it is definitely the point, joe. let me go first to ivan watson's terrific report in erbil. as you know erbil was part of the operations which i controlled when i was in iraq in 2008 and 2007. it's a very safe desert. it's literally like going from the mojave into las vegas. a beautiful city. the peshmerga pride themselves on that city because it is such a beautiful metropolis. but here's the thing, this is not the first suicide attack, suicide bombing that has occurred in erbil or any kurdish region. given isis' stature, i'm surprised they haven't reached in prior to this. but they will go against the peshmerga on these attacks.
ivan talked about general al douri being killed. this was an individual who we began to look for when i was in iraq in 2007 and 2008. he was on the original deck of card, and he was one of the few people who were not captured. we always suspected he was in kirkuk and the isis state coming out of mosul. so, all of these things are starting to fit together. isis has continually gotten stronger in this sector. >> now, let's move quickly to australia. police there have arrested five people in a counterterrorism operation. one teenager apparently charged. and authorities say the suspects are individuals acts by themselves. not representatives, say a religious, cultural or national group. give me a sense how big a threat, lone wolf attacks are particularly there?
>> well, they've been big for decades. and we can go back through the history of all of these things. but when the government claims immediately that they're not associated with any particular group, i think that's probably a little bit of first reporting which always proves to be wrong. all of these individuals are motivated by some type of either an internet. or some type of individual that's pushing them to do things. so, lone wolf attacks goring to continue. they're going to continue not only in australia but all over the world. and these are difficult to defeat, because it is an individual acting alone, trying to spread chaos. and it's unfortunate the death and destruction that's associated with the power of a modern-day ammunition, technology and suicide attempts. >> very hard to know, when, where and who. thanks so much for that, general mark hertling. >> thanks. we've got new details from arizona. just minutes before a police
officer rammed his car into the man you're going to see here in the surveillance video. there he is. we will break down the video. and we're going to listen to the 911 call that came in. can we really determine what happened here? under arrest, hockey star jarret stoll charged with drug possession and pulled from a las vegas pool. we've got that story coming up next.
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what you're looking at is newly released video of surveillance in walmart of mario valencia getting ammunition. minutes later officer rapiejko ran him down. miguel marquez has more information on it. before we go to it, i just want to forewarn, i know there are little eyes watching saturday morning. the dash cam video is graphic. it shows the impact. i just want to make sure you know that in advance. >> oh! man down! >> reporter: did this evered me to happen? >> oh, my god. >> reporter: new video shows a walmart loss prevention officer telling marana police officers on the scene the gun this man had just stolen had a safety
lock on it and couldn't be fired. >> it's locked. he can't get the lock off. i'm positive. it's locked. >> reporter: ten seconds later. >> okay. never mind. >> reporter: the walmart loss prevention officer wearing shorts and sandals listening to the radio has his young son on for the ride. police finally yell at the employee, back off. minutes earlier, mario valencia, mentally unstable on a crime spree all morning is handed spree all morning is handed a .3030 rifle by a clerk who told police valencia seemed normal. in the video, you can see him inspect the rifle closely. appearing to work the lever and trigger. he then turns his attention to ammunition telling the clerk don't do anything student, give me the ammo. the employee initially resisted but told police she handed over the ammunition because he started to break the case and
glass got on other boxes of ammo, they could not be sold. she also told police it's walmart policy to give over items during a robbery. walmart said the store clerk acted appropriately, even alerting security to call police before handing over the ammo by dialing a code round. one 911 call makes clear the gravity of the situation. a walmart asset protection manager tells the operator valencia was trying to load the rifle in the store. >> i have an unarmed customer in the sporting goods department. >> okay. is he threatening anyone? >> i'm trying to find out. he is loading the weapon in the sporting department at the moment. >> he is loading it? >> reporter: a photo of the rifle stole by valencia shows the cable lock still on. and wrapped through the lever once with another slack, but the lever could still be operated. police said the lock appeared to be a handgun cable lock. a walmart spokesperson insists the gun had the proper lock correctly installed in the store.
and either valencia did something to it. or the force of the patrol car hitting him affected the cable lock. the walmart loss prevention officer and his son were witness to valencia being taken down by the patrol car. >> oh! >> that guy got -- >> reporter: walmart said it constantly reviews its policies and procedures and this incident in marana is being discussed right now. miguel marquez, cnn, new york. >> well, you would hope it's being discussed. there's so many questions asked. so let's bring in cnn law enforcement analyst tom fuentes. tom, good morning. >> good morning, joe. >> in miguel's story, apparently we hear the walmart employee told police she gave ammunition to valencia because he was going to break the display case. so, do you think it's good policy to give this guy ammo because of concerns that it
might damage the merchandise? >> no, i think that's not. but if in any way she was afraid of him or thought he was going to do something to her, you know, it's a strong-arm robbery or if he's got the ammo, it's an armed robbery. it's a difficult circumstance for the clerk to be in with someone threatening to take a violent action. >> but it's weird. from what i could tell, the charge was shoft p lifting. do you think they could have gotten away with a little more law here? >> well, absolutely. they could call it what it is. it is a robbery. it's dangerous when in the course of the robbery, you acquire a high-power pumping rifle and then go on the street with that rifle loaded. absolutely. but the terminology they use isn't as important as the fact this guy ends up in the middle of a street in an urban area
with strip malls nearby. traffic in the district, posing not just a little danger. an extreme danger, not just in the immediate area but to a wide range. he's capable of killing people a mile away with that weapon. clearly, the first responding police would be outgunned. he's waving a hunting rifle around and they've got pistols. so that was a very dangerous situation. and i think this constant questioning of what that officer did is wrong. he saved life. >> right. and my next question was go to be whether you thought the use of force here was justified. but you already answered that. thanks so much. >> not only justified, but compelled to do it. >> got it. thanks so much, tom fuentes. we'll be talking to you out there the morning. >> okay. well, dr. oz is defending himself this morning against criticism from his peers in the medical community. they want him fired.
some even calling him a quack. a medical team is examining the issue. that's coming up in the next hall hour. plus, a massive fireball erupting near a california highway. look at this. nearly a dozen people sent to the hospital because of this thing. we'll show you more of the video and tell you what happened.
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jones in new hampshire. athena, did you see anything striking a chord out there? >> reporter: good morning, we've heard a lot of hopefuls dashing president obama's policy. and one saying the president only cares about his library and his legacy. one of the potential contenders who has been pushing his case here is former florida governor jeb bush. but the question he can't seem to state is the question of how he'll distinguish himself from his father and his brother. >> reporter: he hasn't formally announced his candidacy, but jeb bush is already acting like a presidential candidate. fielding questions from granite state voters on top issues like immigration reform. >> deal with the folks that are here illegally in a rational and thoughtful way. my suggestion is earn legal status. >> reporter: that's at odds with many conservatives.
assign the former florida governor isn't afraid to stick to his principles on this and other issues. he says he enjoys engaging with voters in the intimate settings. >> this is what i expect. this is the unique nature of new hampshire that you can do it. it's small enough that people get a chance to see it. >> reporter: bush also tackled that question about the bush family as a political dynasty. much like the adams family presidents of years past. >> i have to prove that i'm not a candidate in consideration of an active candidate trying to break the tie between the adams family and the bush family. >> reporter: and he poked fun at another potential dynasty. saying hillary clinton's visit to chipotle -- >> yeah, driving my own car, yeah. >> reporter: while bush has been jabbing democrats like clinton
and barack obama he hasn't focused much on his fellow gop contenders. even agency the rest of the field try hard to distinguish themselves. former texas govern rick perry warning that nominating another first-term senator would be a mistake. a not so veiled dig at senators ted cruz, rand paul and marco rubio. >> we've spent eight years with a young, inexperienced united states senator. and i would suggest to you, economically, militarily, and foreign policy-wise, we're paying a tremendous price. >> reporter: now, when one woman talked about her concern that there wouldn't be enough of a fight on the republican side for the nomination that it would instead be a coronation of bush which, of course, is echoing concerns on the democratic side, cornation of hillary clinton. the former governor said i don't see a cornation coming my way. i know i'll have to earn it. no one is going to give it to
me. today we'll hear from senators rand paul and ted cruz and governor scott walker and many, many others. guys. >> athena jones in new hampshire this morning for us. thanks for that. meanwhile, people are still saying will he or won't he. >> after teeasing reporters he was going to unveil his presidential ambitions. former governor mike huckabee said he'll announce next month. he's traveled the primary state, helping out his political team. still, huckabee says everyone has to wait until may 5th precisely to know his official plans. >> huckabee is one of the big names to speak in new hampshire on day two of that summit. he'll be there with one of the surprise front-runners early this race, wisconsin governor scott walker. let's bring in digital reporter
for cnn eric bradner. what are you expecting today? >> yeah, walker is the keynote speaker at the dinner don't. if you remember, walker really shot to the front of the polls. it was a must-attend for every republican candidate in iowa who really wowed the crowd there. and the question is can he do it again in new hampshire. but he's not the only one on the stage today. ted cruz is up. rand paul is up. several contenders who are really known in the polls but are trying to get a little attention on the schedule for this afternoon. >> so let's talk marco rubio, a recent cnn poll has him far behind his competitors. do you feel as though he did anything to help his stock yesterday? >> he really did, rubio was probably the most impressive of the speakers on day one. he did an interesting job of framing everything. whether it was, you know, comments about social security and medicare looking forward. or comments about the american
dream, sort of talking about his parents who are cuban immigrants, wanting to give him a better shot at life. framing everything in sort of a personal context. and also an attack on president obama and attack on hillary clinton, but rubio had the best personal story and had the most engaging sort of style. and he really earned some points that way and really impressioned a lot of people. >> he really does have a good personal story and it does seem to resonate. hillary clinton is coming into town in coming days. what do we expect of that visit? i was in manchester earlier in the week. i know chris christie said he could beat her in a general election. what kind of jabs are you hearing against hillary clinton. have we heard from other contenders? >> reporter: on day one, it was a lot of portraying her as the third term of president obama, using her tenure of secretary of state to latch her to obama's foreign policy, but today, on
day two, we have shcandidates up who have been much more direct at attacking hillary clinton, one is carly fiorina, the former hewlett-packard executive who has said that she didn't think hillary clinton has done anything of note. rand paul, he's been ahead of donations taking donations from foreign countries, foreign donors. . so the attacks could get a lot more personal here in day two. >> still a primary race, but hillary clinton can always be a target. eric bradner, thanks so much for that. coming up, what dr. oz is saying to his critics in a medical field. those critics are outraged. plus, a kentucky judge did not mince his words when he said he was disgusted by the actions of the victims of an armed home invasion. we're going to break down that controversy that's surrounding this case for you. stay close.
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doctors across the country say his faculty position at columbia university is unacceptable, krielting his tv and promotional work as, quote, lacking integrity. our elizabeth cohen has more. >> reporter: there's nothing ambiguous in the letter that ten doctors wrote about dr. oz to the dean of column university's medical school. we are surprised and dismayed that columbia university of college of physicians and surgeons would permit dr. mehmet oz to occupy a faculty appointment. he has repeatedly shown disdain for science. and for evidence-based medicine. he has manifested egregious lack . sbus integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures. dr. joel tepper signed the letter. >> he has touted many drugs as miracle drugs for weight loss which causes people to spend huge amounts of money for treatments that have no benefit whatsoever. >> reporter: he said at most universities if someone did this -- >> that is grounds for dismissal. >> reporter: columbia university
responded telling cnn they won't stop faculty members from speaking their minds. in a statement today, oz said we provide multiple points of view, including mine, which is offered without conflict of interest. that still doesn't sit well with certain agendas which distort the facts. oz was the fame on oprah as her go-to doctor and soon spun off his own successful tv show. it wasn't long until his flowery nation in his thoughts caused controversy. >> i've got the number one product on the market to burn fat. >> reporter: and weight loss cures and called to the carpet. >> i don't get why you need to say this stuff because you know it's not true. so, why, when you have this amazing megaphone, and this amazing ability to communicate, why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that? >> i actually do personally do
believe in the items that i talk about in the show. i passionately study them. i would give my audience the advice i give my family all the time. and i've given my family these products. >> this little bean has scientists saying they found a magic weight loss cure for every body type. >> reporter: the one touted on the show was sued by false advertising and settled for $3.5 million. all fodder for the doctors who are asking columbia university to rethink oz's position. elizabeth cohen, cnn reporting. >> okay. so what does dr. oz say about this. he issued the following statement on friday, i bring the public information that will had help them on the path to be their best selves. we offer multiple points of view including mine which offered without conflict of interest. i will address this next week on the show. deeply disgusted.
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a judge made during a sentencing hearing. he was furious not at the man pleading guilty at the home invasion but at the family's victim statement implying was racist. >> i wonder if the perpetrator had been white would they be in fear of white men? the answer would probably be no. >> reporter: that's the judge stevens. he's upset. >> i'm offended by that. i'm deeply offended about that. >> reporter: what's he so offended about? let's rewind? in 2013, gregory wallace and another man broke into the home of a gray family robbing them, including a 3-year-old, at gunpoint. wallace pled guilty and when cnn affiliate wbrb obtained video of that forced hearing and documents this week it unleashed a firestorm. this is the gray victim impact statement presented in a louisville court. thomas gray said since the crime
occurred my daughter is terrified of black males. his wife jordan claiming the little girl is constant fear of black men. when out running errands when we come across a black male, she hugs me tight and wants to leave. >> i don't condone what's in that impact statement, but clearly this has affected that little girl a lot. in a horrible way. and that's on him. >> reporter: the judge agreed but took aim at the child's parents. >> she can't help the way she feels. my exception is more with her parents and their accepting of that kind of mentality and that fostering of that -- those kind of stereotypes. >> all right, judge stevens, we should point out did sentence gregory wallace to probation. the judge and the gray family are declining comment. but the attorney released this statement saying while we do not
tell victims what to write we would never sanction or endorse any racist or other inappropriate language. i agree with judge stevens and the impact statement that was racist nor was intend to be. is there anything in that statement, that victim impact statement that you took to be racist? >> christi, good morning to you. not at all. victim impact statements which are not only permissible, but certainly something that you want the system to have. and that the system directs that you be given. what ends up happening, christi, just to take a step back, most jurisdictions have what's called a victims bill of rights. and victims of violent and tragic crimes have an opportunity. even victims of crimes that are not so violent have an
opportunity to show how has the crime impacted me physically, how has it impacted me psychologically. you can give a narrative of how it affected you or opt not to area and write it on the form. and what the mother is doing is expressing what effect and impact this had upon her family. so you can't revictimize the victim by telling the court how it affected her and what is the truth in this particular case. >> but what is your take-away from what the judge decided to say? >> well, first of all, this is a crime involving a home invasion where you're rock a family at gunpoint with a 3-year-old that say big felony in kentucky. that's punishable by 20 years in jail. >> right. wait a minute, i want to stop you there, because the guy got probation. what do you make of this whole thing? >> that's a concern. that's a major concern. christi, to be fair, every judge does things differently. they have their views on the
world in terms of who needs to be redeemed. who needs to get a second chance i understand that this person, mr. wallace, the defendant, the person who's guilty of a felony was in jail for a year and a half awaiting a sentence. but the reality is that the criminal justice system is predicated on punishment, deterrent and rehabilitation. and you have to factor in those three. but when you give someone for probation for a home invasion that's problematic which leads to this conclusion, christi. in the event that something is in a victim impact statement that so inflames your intention. that so gets at your goat that so could impair your impartiality or lack thereof, why not just recuse yourself and allow someone else to impose sentence. that's how you keep faith in the criminal justice system. you cannot have a judge opining from the bench. they have views of the world. they have vision, what they believe. it's not about that, it's about
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determine if there are any more victims. it's gone too far. enough. enough. >> president obama furious with the united states senate, why he says it's embarrassing his nominee for attorney general has been in limbo for more than five months. and new overnight, cops bust a hockey superstar. officers say the l.a. kings jarret stoll had molly and cocaine on him at a vegas pool. "new day" starts now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. good morning, i'm joe johns in for victor blackwell. >> so glad to have you here. >> i'm glad to be here, too. >> i'm christi paul. we do this morning. a rush hour attack. at least 33 people are dead -- responsibility for that blast. here's what we know so far. we're told a man on a motor bike
blew himself up in front of a bank in jalalabad. that's about 150 miles south of the city of the kabul. investigators believe they were targeting government workers picking up paychecks. earlier today, they're vowing to take down terrorists that she says is using blood as a proxy war. we'll have more in a moment. to another developing story in iraq this hour. isis is claiming responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack near the u.s. consulate in the kurdish iraqi city of erbil. officials say at least four people were killed. 18 injured in that blast. but all u.s. consulate personnel are safe and accounted for. let's bring in mitch pathero our bureau chief live from erbil. mitch, what else do we know about the blast? >> well, what it seems is yesterday about 5:42 local time,
i guess the islamic state is now taking credit for it, three guys in an suv attempted an operation. i think they were going to, first, attack the front gate of u.s. consulate or ram it with a car bomb or some style like that. luckily the peshmerga forces saw it happening before it did. and before they could really attack the consulate defenses. >> now, isis is also claiming they carried out this attack until afghanistan that killed so many people. how significant is it that we have both of these attacks and isis claiming responsibility for both? >> well, one of the things we've seen about the islamic state, you know, there's a lump capital that's set between mosul in syria and iraq. but you've also a lot of groups around the world in libya, boca
haram and syria. and now in afghanistan that are starting to pledge allegiance to the larger organization. i'd be surprised of any attack in afghanistan that happened was directly as a result of, let's say, operatives that had been sent from syria or battlefield. but clearly there's evidence of al qaeda or taliban that have decided to align themselves with the islamic state here. >> now, we have new pictures this morning of a top saddam hussein aide who reportedly, apparently, has been killed as well. how significant is his death in your view? >> he's more significant in the sense that the americans have been looking for him the entire time they occupied iraq or led the coalition that occupied iraq and weren't able to catch him. he was the highest ranking official that they never really caught and brought to justice. so in terms of the older generations of iraq kiss under
saddam, it was a fairly significant thing. in terms of practicality he was not a significant member of the islamic state. he worked with a group alongside them. basically, i think he turned into somewhat of an irrelevant figure. he was also quite old, 75 years old. >> mitch, thanks for that. good to see you this morning. >> thank you so much for having me. let's bring in cnn military analyst lieutenant general mark hertling as well. let's start with isis claiming responsibility for the attack in afghanistan and the u.s. consulate in erbil. do you get the sense or any way to definitively determine whether it was isis itself or lone wolf groups? >> well christi, in afghanistan, what i would suggest is, there are a lot of younger elements of the taliban who see the downgrading of the taliban with afghan security forces that are now being recruited by isis to
start a new generation of terrorists over there. and they are seeing downfall of the taliban. i agree with mitch that this was not funded by isis, but certainly under their flag. you talk about the attacks in erbil. by the way, there weral car ball, in shia neighborhoods in baghdad yesterday. all of these are indicators of isis attempting to take again the spotlight especially with the visit to the united states with the iraqi forces although this is still a tenuous fight. >> this morning, iraqi tv has reported that they've infiltrated the oil refinery. how important is that refinery? is it more significant than the city of ramadi as general
dempsey is saying? >> well, general dempsey put that in perspective, but i'd like to elaborate on this. this was not only important for iraq, baiji was also in on that. and i know the importance of that city. at its peak it can produce 15 million to 18 million barrels of oil a month which is certainly needed by the iraqi government as it attempts to stand up. but the other important piece, if it does fall to isis, they have that oil revenue. and what we're trying to do is starve isis of all of their monetary revenue so they can't pay their fighters. they can't do the types of things they're doing. so that baiji oil refinery is say strategic target for both sides. iraq needs to maintain security of that facility. and isis desperately wants to gain control of it. i think general dempsey mentioned this, there are targets it's an ebb and flow.
there are some cities that are going to be fought over. and it's going to be definitely a considerable fight in ramadi, in fallujah and other cities as well. really, baiji say strategic target and must be defended. >> thank you so much, general mark hertling, good to have you here. president obama is slamming the senate calling the refusal to confirm attorney general nominee loretta lynch embarrassing. >> quote, embarrassing. and following the story from the white house, those are the harshest wording we've seen from the president. >> they are. rarely do we see the president get angry. 160 days have gone by since
loretta lynch was first nominated. that's longer than any nominee has had to wait for confirmation in the last three nominations. the president clearly calling on the senate to get this done. >> how are the republicans responding to the critique? >> say at times the disfunction in the senate just goes too far. this is an example of it. it's gone too far. enough. enough. call loretta lynch for a vote. get her confirmed. put her in place. let her do her job. this is embarrassing. a process like this. >> reporter: and lynch's nomination has been held up in part because it's tangled into this other unrelated issue of this anti-human trafficking bill that they're trying to work through the senate. mcconnell, the senate majority leader, he has said he won't
hold a vote on lynch until they look through that anti-human trafficking bill. there are some amendments in there, joe and christi, that are controversial, about abortion that democrats aren't happy with. but there are some signs from the hill that there may be some room to compromise. mcconnell said he could potentially move to a vote on lynch next week. back to you. >> so, how have the republicans responded to the president's harsh words? >> reporter: well, they're a bit snarky with the response indicating that mcconnell had already made clear that he intends to move towards the vote next week. questioning a snarky thing. they don't have c-span on at the white house. this came in from don stewart, he's mcconnell's director. he said, quote, members are kwo continuing to work to find a way to overcome the democrats'
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sting operation that went wrong. >> speaking publicly for the first time, bates maintains he accidentally shot eric harris and apologized to the family of the victim. here's cnn's ed lavandera. >> oh, i shot him! >> reporter: in an interview with nbc's the "today" show bates said he still cannot believe it happened. >> first and foremost, let me apologize to the family of erik harris. this is the second thing that ever happened to me in my life. i had cancer a number of years ago. i didn't think i was going to get there. luckily i was able to go to a hospital where i had hours of surgery. irate this as number one. on my list of things in my life
that i regret. >> reporter: bates who had had been a volunteer with the tulsa sheriff's department for several years says he can't explain why he confused his gun for his taser even though they're positioned in very different locations. >> my taser, it's right here, in the front, tucked into a protective vest. my gun itself is on my side, normally to the rear. >> reporter: the naacp are calling for an investigation. three supervisors were reassigned when they refused to sign the documents. >> what we were told, the supervisors were told to sign off on 250 hours of training. most of that, virtually all of that, he did not have. and then the supervisors at the gun range were told to sign off on his handgun qualifications
even though he did not qualify. >> reporter: but bates stands by his credentials saying he was fully trained and qualified to be on the sting operation involving harris. and that he has documentation to show he completed the necessary training required of reserve deputies. >> that is absolutely the truth. i have it in writing. >> reporter: but the harris family attorney questions the authenticity of any documents. >> do you think these documents have been falsified? >> absolutely. i think if there are any reference which has surface which none have, okay but i believe that mr. bates has never been trained as -- in a field training type of situation. >> reporter: ed lavandera, cnn, tulsa, oklahoma. >> let's get more insight into the tulsa shooting with the former fbi director and analyst tom fuentes. tom, thanks. what stands out to you finally as we heard from deputy bates
there? >> good morning, christi. i think what stands out, i have questions about their training. i have questions about having deployed him in a situation like that. many departments in the country use axillary or reserve officers who volunteer for service. so do fire departments, schools and hospitals. i don't question that he's volunteering his service in good faith. but what i question is at a certain point, do you want somebody at potentially a very dangerous situation who not a full-time police officer. you know, as an fbi agent, i had had to retire at 57 years ago old because it's mandatory, because they believe your reflex is slow. and it might not be a good idea to have you out there at a certain point, i think 57's too young but -- >> you weren't ready to give it up is what you're saying? >> no, i wasn't. but that happens to professional athletes. it happens to people where reflexes and, you know, physical conditioning, judgment, all of that matters.
and the second thing would be i would question the training. and i think that when he described having the firearm on his right side. and because of the tactical vest having the taser also in the middle of the chest, it means that he's using the same hand to draw both. and normally, many police departments train where the taser requires you to draw it with your left hand. on the left -- if you're right-hand on the left side of your body. pull it out and hand it over to the right hand. it's one extra step to help you distinguish that you're not pulling one or the other out with the same hand. so, i would question when they trained him. how long they trained him. and why he was, you know, out there doing the position that he was, to back up a dangerous arrest. >> right. tom fuentes, always appreciate it, thank you, sir. >> thank you, christi. under arrest, a hockey star
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more news headlines this morning. right now. >> in iraq, isis is claiming responsibility for the suicide car bomb attacks near the u.s. consulate in the kurdish iraqi city of erbil. officials say at least four people were killed. 18 were injured. no u.s. consulate personnel hurt in the attack, though. australian police have arrested five men in melbourne for allegedly plotting an isis-inspired attack. the group was planning to target police at a national ceremony.
among those edged weapons. and in the united states, president obama is slamming the senate as, quote, embarrassing, as it continues to delay the confirmation of loretta lynch for attorney general. president obama demanding that the senate, quote, stop political gamesmanship. and disturbing language uby the national guard as they describe protesters in ferguson, missouri. here's sara sidner. >> christi and joe, some told us they could be called american in documents not enemy. >> reporter: cnn has revealed new documents planning how the national guard planned for the
situation in ferguson, missouri. in internal documents using words like enemy forces and adversaries. after protesters looting and burning in the wake of michael brown's death. the document outlined the mission in ferguson and enemy forces to watch out putting general protesters in the same category as known hate groups like the ku klux klan and the black panthers. saying protesters have historically used molotov cocktails. rocks and other debris to throw at police. several small arms fire incidents have occurred. and some, they used militant tactics taught by that rebel group. >> we are looked at as the enemy anytime we're vocal, anytime we're expressing ourselves, anytime we're disenfranchising tick lateral in a black community. >> how am i an enemy? all i am is a 62-year-old grandmother who's worried that i'm going to leave my grandchildren in a world where i can't protect them anymore. i want to see change. i want to see real change. >> reporter: the national guard itself worried about the
perception of the words "enemy" and "adversary." in the documents one colonel warned the language could be construed as potentially inflammatory. a national guard spokesman told cnn these are only drafts taken from an army form letter and the language was changed and never appeared in the final order. the head of missouri's national guard telling cnn in an e-mail, the documents used in the ferguson, missouri, case were a generic military planning format. utilized in a wide range to the term enemy forces would be better understood as potential threats. in november when a grand jury decided not to indict the officer who killed brown, the governor and national guard were criticized for the guard's lack of response, as two streets in ferguson went up in flames. back then, i asked the city's mayor about the guard's reaction to the riot? >> did the governor do the wrong thing when it comes to how quickly the national guard was actually deployed on the streets? >> i don't know who made that call but i do believe the national guard should have been out there much sooner.
>> when these are a draft of the final document, what we did notice, the final change took place in november when they took the word "enemy" out didn't actually happen until november 18th, long after the national guard had already been deployed in ferguson. christi, joe. >> let's talk about this with cnn analyst general mark hertling and also working at the university of louisville. general hertling, i'll start with you the national guard at all calls these terms standard. in your view is that standard not only for war fighters but policing? >> it certainly is standard, joe. you'll see those kind of standard terms are changed in final documents which i'm not making excuses for the guard.
but truly the oath is we protect and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic. when you're putting together what is called an op order, an operations order, you do take suggestions from the manual and then you adjust. so i'm sure there are well-meaning people that used inappropriate language when they conducted the initial draft of the doubt and i think that would be changed in the final document. >> and you work with police on issues of implicit buyouts. does that start with that us versus them mentality? >> absolutely. and this is a perfect example as he just mentioned. it is well intentioned i'm sure, but that's where bias comes in allowing the high propensity for violence. therefore referred to as enemy combatants or adversaradversari. >> general hertling, we've seen
controversies over this military-grade equipment used by police forces. in your view does this language appear to increase tension rather than cool things down? >> i don't think it does, joe. truthfully, i've watched the debate of the issuance of military equipment from the overstocks of equipment that the department of defense has to various police departments. and in standing up for my police brothers and sisters, they are sometimes in a tough fight against material, large caliber weapons. people with bombs that they will need this kind of material equipment. it's not used all the time. but i think in some cases and again, differentiating between enemy, going back to the document. there certainly were people in the crowd that could be construed as enemies. people with sniper watches. people causing harm with molotov cocktails. and you do have to look at those as enemies of peaceful protests as well as the police
department. >> laura, these forces did face a lot of violence. and whatever you call it, should they be prepared for the kind of things they end up seeing? >> absolutely. they should be prepared for the incident of being prepared to just having an excessive display of force. they have military tanks in the community before you've seen that level of violence i just think is too much. and it set the scene for a conducive use of force. because it sends a symbolic message that we see you as enemies, and not as american citizens just practicing their rights to protests. >> laura mcneal, lieutenant general mark hertling, thank you both. saddam hussein's right-hand man was reportedly killed by iraqi forces. we're going to have more on the man famously dubbed the king of clubs by u.s. troops. plus, an espn reporter for a
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as saddam hussein's number two deputy was allegedly killed by iraqi forces and shia militias. calling him a criminal, his death was announced on friday in iraq television. aldouri was a top military commander and a leader in iraq's baath party. he was also the so-called king of clubs in the infamous deck of playing cards used by american troops in the invasion to identify the most wanted iraqis. after the hussein regime fell, aldouri became a leader and key figure in the sunni insurgency including groups that support isis. he was seen or heard in a number of video messages over the years, taunting iraqi and american official, and blasting iraq's government. while baghdad officials have announced his death several times before, this time, state television showed pictures of a
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hundreds of pounds of form ram into the glass of the gorilla duplex, cracking it upon impact. >> we didn't feel that it was any danger to the public, so we didn't close the building. and the gorillas are out today. >> reporter: a day later, flywood covers the shattered window. zoo curator dan cassidy says though it looks intimidating a cracked window happening every couple years. >> it's rare that gorillas actually break the glass. but occasionally the glass will break on its own. >> that was my question. okay, they've got the glass back. you but is it the gorilla? the zoo curator said the windows are triple-layer laminate so it means it wasn't ever going to shatter. oh, thank goodness for that. >> yeah, right. nice gorilla. >> we'll be right back. stay close. because at red lobster's create your own seafood trio i can have it all.
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steep criticism after she decides to casualty share hillary clinton's decision to run for president. she did it on facebook her name is cheryl rios ceo of go eight marketing. she said a female should not be president. here's part of what she wrote. yes, i run my own business and i love it and i'm great at it but that's not the same of being the president, that should be left to a man. a good, strong, honorable man. i can hear people, what! a few shares later her post is viral. people are ticked off. we spoke with her a bit earlier. >> i posted this to my personal facebook page. i didn't put it on twitter. i didn't announce it anywhere. it was just me sharing who i am. i'm old fashioned and i have different views than others but it's just the way that i feel in reference to the presidency. i am a strong woman. i run my own company like you said. but that is not the same as
running the best country in the world and being commander in chief and head of state. the president of the united states. to me should be a man not a female. >> now, in your facebook post you also wrote with the hormones as women we have there's no way we should be able to start a war. so, again, what about women like margaret thatcher, golda meyer of israel? >> when i stated that i also used biblical background and biblical reference. god created us differently. men and women are not the same. hormones are a piece of the difference that is between us. the way we react to things. the way we mother and we're more endearing and there's different things between men and female and that's how god wanted it and, again, it's my belief and how i run my household and how i am. like i believe in the woman should cook the meal for the
man. like i believe, you know, in staying home when you have your child. by no means am i saying every woman out there that doesn't do what i do is a bad female or that your daughter shouldn't aspire to be the president if that's what she wants. that's great. go for it. just doesn't mean -- all it means is that i don't support that. that's my personal opinion. >> have you been surprised, cheryl, by the enormous reaction to your comments? >> it's been very disheartening. the level of disrespect that i've received. i brought the comment to the table to my friends to just have friendly banter. i mean, we all have our good friends and we talk and you go, what, you want to do what. and you go back and forth, and it's just that, you agree to disagree. the level it's gone to in reference to the things that have been said from people, the
lies, the disrespect, the horrible expletives that have been said that have been subjected to my family as well as myself, the threats, you know, i've done some things to protect my clients. i've removed everything off my website, off my linkedin, i'm doing everything i can to protect them because this was my opinion. not theirs. i know in marketing and pr we represent our clients. but this was to not to get to this level. >> okay. and interesting to note -- i know you want to say something. >> you know, the only thing i can say is that, i mean, i think it's a medical fact that men have hormones, too. >> thank you very much! i let the man say that. we were talking about that. >> wow. >> it is interesting to note that this miss rios says she's not comfortable having a woman as president she's comfortable having a female vice president. end of story.
>> stay right there. we've got a busy morning of news. the next hour of "your day" starts right now. ♪ breaking this morning, isis claiming responsibility for deadly attacks in afghanistan killing more than 30 people in suicide bombings. it's gone too far. enough! enough. >> president obama furious with the senate. why he says it's embarrassing his nominee for attorney general has been in limbo for more than five months. and all eyes on new hampshire as republican presidential hopefuls take center stage this week. come on. >> and take a look at this video that we are just getting in to cnn here. a scare at the circus sends people running for the exits. this was in texas. >> as you can see from this video people were watching a
high wire trapeze act when severe weather struck. let's listen now to the video for a moment. >> come on. >> you can see water starting to pour through an opening in the top of the circus tent. the trapeze act comes to a screeching halt with the performer walking offstage then there's pandemonium as people start running out of the tent. luckily nobody was hurt. and police say the tent was never in danger of collapsing. still, some scary moments for those people in the audience. >> joining us is an eyewitness who was at the circus event, robin garrett. thank you for joining us. help us understand what it was like in there when this happened. >> well, we were watching her and the hail started which was a very scary sound honestly. and i don't want to minimize, weather is a scary thing. i know some people that were
home during all this and they were scared as well. but it's just people decided maybe they shouldn't be in the tent. and when they did, they started moving. the tent was not flapping or picking like it was lifting up or anything like that. et was just a scary time with the noise and you can see outside because, of course, you're inside the tent. but the circus did a great job. and everybody able to leave the tent that wanted to leave. and many people stayed in the tent. and waited out the few minutes of the -- of the hail, and then when the weather was done, everybody went home. i mean, it was scary. but everybody was fine. nobody honestly appeared to be in any imminent danger but it was a scary moment, yes. >> all right. well, robin garrett, thank you
so much. as you said, we're just so glad that everybody's okay. but, you know, you think of all the kids that go to circuses. >> unbelievable. >> and stuff like that really freaks them out. >> yeah, yeah. you wonder the next time kids there will want to go back to the circus. >> no kidding. listen, take a look at some more video that we got. this from houston. severe thunderstorms in that city overnight. streets were flooded, you see look at this car. some of them were submerged. drivers were stranded and, please don't hurt me, there's more wet weather ahead. i promise it's not my fault. >> getting a lot of it around the atlanta area, too. it's sort of like seattle. >> welcome to atlanta, joe! aren't you excited to be here? >> awesome. what's up? >> that's a scary situation in the tent, because not where you want to be in a tent during a severe thunderstorm -- >> right. >> -- which is what was happening there. but what's your option? do you go outside? that is also a problem because you have frequent lightning. you got torrential rain tom cco
down. 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the last 24 hours and a lot of it came down in a few hours. this is in the last five days torrential rains from houston extending all the way along i-10 that will continue over the next several days the same weather pattern here is pretty much stuck and so we have flash flood warnings from houston and then we have flood warnings extending all the way along the gulf coast with more heavy rain that's going to be on the way and we're not just talking torrential downpours you see the frequent lightning coming in and i think today we're under the gun for potentially severe storms that will develop especially for the afternoon. we're not talking about a big outbreak, but because of the upper low we could be looking at strong thunderstorms that could bring down torrential rain and also hail with the potential of damaging winds. we'll watch it from corpus christi and austin and dallas and ending in wichita and the threat continues tomorrow pushing to the east and we are stuck pretty much in this
pattern. >> all righty, thank you for the heads up, ivan. appreciate it. let's talk about washington, your old stomping grounds, president obama said enough is enough. he's slamming the senate for refusing to confirm attorney general nominee loretta lynn of. >> obama called the senate, quote, embarrassing for their lack of action and another sign of dysfunction in the senate. you know he used to work there. we're following the story from the white house. what else did the president have to say? >> reporter: well, joe, this was certainly a public chastising by president obama sent directly to the senate calling it political gamesmansh gamesmanship. loretta lynch has had to wait for her nomination longer than any other cabinet secretary has had to wait in the last three administrations so this clearly is weighing on president obama. at the press conference yesterday he was clearly frustrated calling for the senate to get this done. >> i have to say that there are times where the dysfunction in
the senate just goes too far. this is an example of it. it's gone too far. enough. enough. call loretta lynniynch for a vo. get her confirmed. put her in place. let her do her job. this is embarrassing, a process like this. >> reporter: and lynch's nomination is held up because it's tangled in a separate unrelated issue of this anti-human trafficking bill that the senate's trying to work their way through. that bill includes some controversial language on abortion that democrats aren't happy about. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell he has said that he will move on this human trafficking bill if they can get agreement on that early next week. that would potential pave the way to hold a vote on lynch's nominations early next week. there's a lot of ifs, there's a lot of maybes in there. back to you. >> i'm curious, and i'm sure you
are, too, you say the president, you know, it's weighing on him. it's got to be weighing on republicans, don't you think? >> well, yeah. >> reporter: that's a great point, christi, republicans are really in a tight spot here. in one stance they want to stand their ground. many are opposed to lynch's nomination, her defense of president obama's unilateral executive move on immigration. but at the same time they're probably keenly aware of the historic nature of lynch's nomination, her being the first african-american woman nominated to be attorney general so that's a balancing point that they're going to have to continue to make. >> but they're also it's true to say that the republican senate is sort of flexing its muscles and perhaps even tipping the hat to the christian right concerned about abortion as such, right? >> reporter: absolutely. and that's why the only way to describe it is it's tangled into this web of related to this abortion amendment and the anti-human trafficking bill and we saw that frustration from
president obama making note of it saying this is an unrelated issue really trying to separate the two parts but clearly the comments from president obama has really elevated the pressure on republicans in congress. >> all righty. so good to see you this morning. thank you. now we're going to take a look at some breaking news out of afghanistan. a rush hour suicide attack leaves at least 33 people dead and more than 100 injured. isis now claiming responsibility for that blast. here is what we know. we're told a man on a motor bike blew himself up in front of a bank in jalalabad that's about 150 miles from the capital city of kabul. investigators believe the bomber was targeting government workers who were picking up paychecks. earlier today the afghan president condemned the attack vowing to take down terrorists who he says are using afghan blood and soil for a proxy war. and in iraq we have new details this morning on an attack near the u.s. consulate in the kurdish iraqi city of
erb erbil, isis is claiming responsibility for the suicide car bomb blast. officials say at least four people killed, 18 injured, but all u.s. consulate personnel are safe and accounted for. let's bring in senior international correspondent ivan watson. what do we know about this explosion? >> we're just getting reports now that two of the four people killed were turkish citizens. the blast went off in an area close to the u.s. consulate which wasn't damaged but an area where there were coffee shops and bars and cafes that were often frequented by foreigners. and that attack has really put the kurdish safe haven city of erbil on edge. and what's amazing is that erbil is really located only about 30, 40 miles away from the front lines that are manned by islamic state fighters. despite that, erbil has been considered relatively safe. i mean, international airlines
fly into its airport there. there are international chains of hotels there, and foreigners, westerners, can walk around somewhat freely there and feel somewhat comfortable. this is a grim reminder that the war is not far away. and that the militants were able to infiltrate the city, get past kurdish defenses, and really pose a threat to that city. this is -- is an existing normal, the terrible security situation, that has been tearing apart iraq for most of the last decade. joe? >> ivan, we've got another big development that we're reporting on, the alleged killing of a top aide, former iraqi president saddam hussein. what else do we know about this death? >> his name is izzat ibrahim al duri. and he's actually been declared dead and effectively brought back to life several times since the u.s. invasion of iraq.
because of false reports in the past. now, he was one of the most wanted men from the former saddam hussein regime. wanted by the u.s. military. put a $10 million bownunty out his head. it also labeled him the king of clubs in the list of most wanted fugitives. he was one of the leaders of the militant jihadi opposition movement. now, the iraqi government is claiming he was killed around the city of kirkuk on friday. we have some -- i have to warn viewers because they're graphic. they're just a few still images from some video that emerged of what people believe is his body in a morgue in baghdad. it does appear to resemble izzat ibrahim al duri, the iraqi government and iraqi authorities say they're testing his dna and they should have confirmation on whether this is, in fact, him within the next 48 hours.
it does seem to have that telltale red hair that he was very well known for. what's important to note is while he is a symbol of the old regime that the u.s. military overthrew, an ongoing symbol of armed resistance against the current shiite-dominated iraqi government, he is not believed to be one of the top officials in isis. he was allied with isis. he had reportedly had tensions with isis. he was in his 70s. and it's not believed that this will dramatically transform the battlefield and the ongoing war against isis if it, in fact, is the death of this former right-hand man of saddam hussein. >> a loose association there at the very least. thank you so much for that, ivan watson. for more on now you can affect children affected by the violence in iraq go to cnn.com/impact. we'll be right back. you can call me shallow...
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hear the sounds of the sirens ringing out there in the streets. at least 33 people are dead more than 100 are wounded. we're told a man on a motor bike blew himself up in front of a back near the city of jalalabad. let's bring in someone who knows this region very well, let's bring in cnn military analyst general major spider marks. we talk about the isis branch, what intel officers know about them and do you think it was somebody specifically who might have been trained by isis or a lone wolf kind of group? >> well, i don't think it's a lone wolf. i think what you have is inspirational recruiting that takes place, and so the nature of terrorism is that it metastasizes and takes on many forms so the attribution of this attack to isis makes perfect sense. that's where all the buzz is. that's where we're paying attention. it's part of our lexicon, you
say isis, you say isil, folks know what you're talking about. it's easy to attribute this type of attack to isis. what needs to take place is a lot more forensics afterwards to find out if it really was so you can backtrack to who the sources are, who the particular leaders are who might have brought, who recruited this individual to get on that motorcycle what was his linkage back into the broader network and how this all ties together frankly the intelligence community has been looking at this and has some incredible tools to get to the bottom of it. the key issue primarily christi, is what can be done about it and that really gets back to what is the local ability to use that intelligence to their advantage. >> which is getting me to my next question. how much is the afghan government doing to fight isis recruiting specifically? >> well, you know, it's very, very difficult. what you have is the normal expression of what takes place in kabul stays in kabul. so, it's very, very regionalized, localized. there are few connections that
exist within afghanistan. and as we know, afghanistan has been defined over history by the borders of its neighbors so there really hasn't been an afghan type of perspective that emanates from a powerful regional capital. so, kabul speaks for what goes on in kabul as they try to expand the connections that exist. but the easy connection exists right now on the internet, so through cyberrecruiting that very cynical means of getting young men to do these -- to take on these acts has been in place for the last 15 years. and it's very little that kabul can do about that. >> all right, general spider marks, always appreciate your perspective. thank you for being with us. >> thanks, christi. >> sure, thank you, sir. joe? an l.a. kings hockey star is out on bail today. we'll tell you why he was put behind bars in the first place. plus doctor oz is defending himself this morning from criticism of his peers in the
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which also marks the establishment of the islamic republic. parades are going to be held across the country, but this one in tehran was attended by president rouhani. oh, my god, this is so freaking hot. oh, my god, oh, my god. >> you are looking at a natural gas line explosion there in tres know, california, it was a fireball it injured 11 people and at least one had to be airlifted out to safety. the exact cause of the blast, well, that's still under investigation. dr. oz is speaking out against his own critics in the medical field after ten physicians across the country have called on columbia university to fire him from the faculty. dr. oz released this statement. i bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves. we provide multiple points of view including mine which is offered without conflict of interest. i will address this on the show next week. the physicians calling for dr. oz to be removed from the
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the eyes of the political world are on new hampshire where the second day of a gop summit's under way now. more than a dozen republican presidential hopefuls gathering in the important primary state and during the first day several contenders tried to grab the spotlight or at least, you know, put some of their rhetoric to a field test, let's say. athena jones is in new hampshire right now and she's been following what's going on there. let's look ahead, what do we expect today? >> reporter: good morning, soon we'll hear from senator rand paul from kentucky who, of course, has already thrown his hat in the ring, one of the declared candidates, there are a lot of folks here who aren't declared. later on we'll hear from senator ted cruz who was the first to throw his hat in the ring for president and we'll also hear from governor scott walker and many others. it's a long list of folks. this is all about appealing to activists especially here in new hampshire who could help these candidates or potential candidates get organized on the ground here which is going to make a big difference here in
the first in the nation primary, the first state in the nation to hold a primary next year. it's also, of course, about the national spotlight and appealing to republicans all across the country in a way that could help these folks, these candidates, raise money. so i expect today we'll hear more talk about conservative principles, more bashing, of course, of president obama's policies. and we could also hear a repeat of some of the themes we've heard over the last couple of days from folks like governor rick perry who said, you know, let's not elect another first-term senator which is, of course, a dig at the first-term senators who want to be president. we've also heard from chris christie that president obama is all about his library and his legacy now, so we'll probably hear some of that same language echoed in the speeches today. >> is there any gauge yet who there may be res mate ionating e folks there in that community? >> reporter: it's very, very early to say. >> yeah. >> reporter: i spoke to a couple of folks yesterday and also at an earlier event with former
florida governor jeb bush and they're really just coming out to hear what these folks have to say. one person told me he'd been to several christie events. we heard voters say they followed these guys around to see if they changed their answers at the town halls or question-and-answer sessions. but it's quite early for folks to be choosing i haven't heard anybody say who they are backing for sure. >> great, though, understanding that they're going around and listening for certain things. i was just wondering what might be resonating with some of those folks in terms of what they're talking about, who they are leaning towards. athena jones, always good to have you, thank you. several big names including texas senator ted cruz, wisconsin governor scott walker are set to speak today in new hampshire during this two-day summit. but once this meeting of the gop minds wraps up, another contender is going to head into new hampshire, that would be hillary clinton. the democrat. joining us now to talk about this more are republican strategist and senior director
for the black rock group lisa booth and democratic strategist rob zimmerman. rob, want to start with you. >> good morning. >> good morning. hillary clinton has taken a lot of shots from the gop this week. is her strategy the same going small driving around in a van with the secret service and trying to make little one-on-one contact with people or is she going to change it up a bit? >> well, i think you're going to obviously the strategy will grow and change as the campaign progresses. but right now i think it's on a very important track and that is connecting with everyday people and talking about economic opportunities. improving our political process. issues that impact people's lives. i think it's a very good sign, joe, that the most you hear from the critics, from the republicans, who are attacking hillary clinton for wearing dark glasses in a restaurant or trying to criticize people who attend her forums and meetings. but i'd much rather have her meeting with people cudiscussin issues than marco rubio and rick
santorum debate whether they go to a loved one's marriage if it was a gay wedding or jeb bush worried about being compared to john adams or john quincy adams. note to jeb bush, don't worry about comparisons to the adams. >> which gop contender needs a good showing in new hampshire to get a bit of a boost? >> i think they all do right now. and new hampshire's kind of anyone's game at this moment and there is a crowded primary field and it's very unpredictable. if you have someone like chris christie winning new hampshire would kind of be the key to any path forward that he might see i think. someone like marco rubio is kind of looking for his breakout moment, you know, that scott walker had at the iowa freedom summit, so it's incredibly important, you know, to each of these potential candidates and candidates like marco rubio who have already announced. but, you know, to robert's point about hillary clinton i think what you'll see from the republican candidates is that people actually walking in to, you know, fast food restaurants
and shaking hands, you know, actually being honest about the answers that they're giving not lying about their grandparents being immigrants and, you know, not having these incredibly controlled access environments like hillary clinton has. you know, hillary clinton continues to claim that she is a woman of the people and try to drive this populous message but she is anything but, you know, all we've seen from her is hipockhip hypocrisy on the campaign trails. she charges $300,000 per speech. >> oh, lisa. >> it's true, robert. she calls out unaccountable money but her campaign is costing over $2.5 billion so hit hypocrisy. >> it's kind of early for these kind of personal attacks you've got almost a year and a half ahead of you, so i think what's more important is to focus on the issues. >> it's the truth. >> i've yet to hear them from you or the republican candidates. >> i'm talking about the issues
and the fact that hillary clinton is incapable of driving a populous message when she is out of touch. >> rob, let me ask you, though, a lot of republicans do say hillary clinton has a bit of a credibility problem on the campaign trail. do you see that as a liability for her? >> well, i think the only concern would be trying to react or be concerned about these transparent obvious republican partisan attacks. the campaign is only six days old. the fact that we've had a rollout and six days where there have been no leaks on the campaign trail and, in fact, she's staying true to her theme of meeting with people and talking about issues. and she's been talking about economic opportunity. college affordability. so, there are real issues and, of course, as this campaign progresses there are going to be many times to discuss policies, issue position papers. no one's ever -- no one's ever -- questioned hillary clinton's commitment to public policy, there's never a shortage
in any clinton campaign or during her tenure in public office of taking tough policy positions. >> lisa, about mike huckabee, he's been around the barn a couple times. do you think he should jump in again? he's making noises that he will? >> i think he might and that's obviously what he has indicated towards. i think he has said, you know, may 5th is the date for him. he's someone that obviously would appeal to social conservatives. appeal to evangelical christians but, you know, quite frankly, you know, as a younger republican i'm looking for someone, you know, a little bit newer blood and someone who, you know, represents a brighter future for the country -- >> that's the fatal flaw. lisa, that's the fatal flaw -- >> that's the difference between republican candidates and hillary clinton. hillary clinton has been running for a decade. >> here's the problem, lisa, if i can make a point -- >> you interrupted me, robert. >> hillary clinton did run for president once previously. >> she's been running for a decade. >> but the problem, lisa is -- >> i got to go. got to go.
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i was shock. my hands shaked. i need support my daughter and i need to explain to her what happened because i was very worried her reaction. >> she was traumatized, too. >> i think he's patriot. and i'm proud of him. >> hughes has been placed on home detention in tampa. hockey star jarret stoll is in big trouble with the law this morning. >> yeah, this came out of no where. what happened? >> it came out of nowhere. hockey star going from the ice into hot water. the l.a. kings star jarret stoll arrested for drug possession yesterday in las vegas. police tell cnn affiliate ksnb that stoll was found in possession of cocaine and ecstasy at the mgm wet republic pool. he was released on bail hours ago. hot off the presses here we'll
see what continues to happen. >> i guess the team's got to have a statement on this one, right? >> they did. on their pr twitter account they came out and said, first of all, there's a hearing scheduled for later today and they said in the statement that our organization is concerned. it's begun conducting a thorough internal investigation while we continue to actively gather facts. we are withholding further comment. >> so, i mean, what's his background? >> his background, maybe his name sounds familiar because he and erin andrews were a bit of a couple out in los angeles, she's the host of "dancing with the stars" and a sports reporter. this guy was a good player, too, he had a rough season. he joined the kings in 2008. he won two stanley cups including last year. here's the other thing about this guy, he becomes a free agent in july. >> bad timing. >> bad timing. yes. the kings barely missed the play-offs and here they are one of the players who helped them win two stanley cups in recent years is now in big, big trouble. >> kicking back maybe a little bit too much. >> we'll see. we'll see when the facts come
out how true they are and what actually happened. we'll see. more to come. >> good point. always good to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> absolutely. speaking of sports espn reporter britt mchenry was suspended after a video surfaced about her attacking a tow company employee. it may not be the first time. somebody said she's doing it on social media. >> wow. headache? motrin helps you be an unstoppable, let's-rock-this-concert- like-it's-1999 kind of mom. back pain? motrin helps you be the side-planking, keeping-up-with- your-girlfriend- even-though-you'll-feel-it- later kind of woman you are. body pain? motrin helps you be an unstoppable, i-can-totally-do-this- all-in-one-trip kind of woman. when pain tries to stop you, there's motrin. motrin works fast to stop pain where it starts. make it happen with new motrin liquid gels.
crackers for food for nearly six hours. that was the situation for passengers aboard a united flight. weather caused the flight from kansas city to be diverted to colorado springs and that's when the waiting began. >> the operations required to formulate a plan for starting to get people out of the airplane. and they are sticking to that. >> reporter: that plan not fast enough. no fresh air. no air-conditioning. and only a few crackers for food. passengers coming close to a riot at one point. >> make a coup and we will go. >> reporter: instead of rioting they recorded. >> they only have three and they are not in the mood to be dealing with us. they don't have to do anything with us until we've been out here for three hours. >> my sister and i taking her to visit an aunt. and this was probably our last vacation together.
and this is the memory we're going to have. >> reporter: desperate to get out but couldn't. >> basically as we exited the plane at any time in that six hours we would be stranded. >> reporter: the colorado springs airport says there was a mix-up. >> there's been a little bit of miscommunication between the pilots and the passengers stating that the colorado springs airport was not allowing them to taxi to the gate. that is not true. >> reporter: turning what was supposed to be a dream vacation -- >> just business but to the people on that plane it was our heart. you know, we weren't flying out of boredom, we have something to do. >> reporter: into an hours-long nightmare. >> thanks to greg miller from our affiliate krdo for that report. an espn reporter is in trouble for a tow truck rant caught on tape but it's not the first time she's gotten into a war of words for the world to see. we'll talk about that coming up next.
there may be more pr trouble for espn reporter britt mchenry remember she's been suspended after a surveillance video surfaced after she berated a tow company employee. listen to this. >> do you feel good about your job so i could be a college dropout and you could do the same thing, i have a brain and you don't. maybe if i was missing some teeth i would -- oh, like yours? they look so stunning because i'm on television and you're
[ bleep ] trailer. lose some weight, baby girl. >> all right. we want to point out that's an edited video that was first posted on the website liveleak and it said the incident occurred earlier this month. although the 28-year-old has apologized for the insult-laced rant we're now learning this isn't the first time she's gone after complete strangers, some say, touting her looks, her career and other people's looks and education. what are you learning? >> you know, in cases like this, sometimes a video comes out and then people go looking into people's past and to britt mchenry's twitter feed where there were examples of her seeming to get into twitter fights with people and those have now been highlighted which makes the challenge for espn even more challenging, they offered a one-week suspension and they announced it after this came out and the one-week suspension will come to an end next week and some people are
saying it should be longer than that. putting aside the ugliness of the rant is this video will live online for a very long time. it's already become a mime so it's not the thing that people are necessarily going to forget about when the suspension ends in a few days. >> britt is maybe getting some traction in the sense that people are jumping on this -- the fact that this was an edited tape and does she have any -- do you see any recourse? anything else she could do to try to help herself in terms of public relations? >> directly to the people i think at that parking lot, at that towing lot, that would be one step and that was missing from the initial apology. it was really interesting to see what the towing company said yesterday. they said parking enforcement is contentious by nature and we saw no benefit of releasing the video except to highlight personal attacks our employees face. sort of implying they were behind the leak of the video. they said they did not sell or
ljs t license the video. this is one of the higher standard situations where if you're on television, if you're in a big job like this, you are held to a higher standard. you know, espn's owned by disney the most family friendly media company of them all that's why it's a very hairy situation for them. >> just take the high road. just be nice to people -- i always say how somebody treats you is a reflection of them not of you. some of these tweets here i just wanted to read. in democrats of 2014 mchenry apparently tweeted o'dell beckham jr. turned down playing for the u.s. national soccer team for football example of why we'll never have european caliber soccer and chicago fire in major league soccer player mike mcgee tweeted to her i've stumbled on ridiculous tweets in my day but this one stands out thanks for the laugh, britt. and she fired back at least you stumbled upon me. i can't say the same for you. ouch! she's got an acerbic tongue, right? >> yeah. you know, she's a personality in
some ways you can maybe explain that and explain that away. i would say what's damning about the video is that it makes her sound entitled. there's some class issues there between her and the employee who is probably not making much more than minimum wage. that's why it stung so much. and the fact that we haven't heard about any personal apology maybe that's the next step for her if she wants to go ahead and get back to work and go ahead and reclaim her retchtation. that might be the next stem here. >> we only have 30 seconds but what do you predict for espn because they've had a lot of problems the last year? >> they've suspended employees in the past steven a. smith for comments about domestic abuse, bill simges for repeatedly calling nfl commissioner roger goodell a liar. that suspension was for three weeks and that's making some people think that the one-week suspension is not enough. this is a really tough case i think for espn. >> i know. it is. brian, always appreciate your voice on this. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> sure. all right. that's it for us. we'll see you back here at 10:00
eastern in the "cnn newsroom." >> don't go anywhere. smerconish is starting for you right now. welcome to the program. campaign 2016 is already heating up. and right now new hampshire is the place to be. all the gop heavy hitters, 19 to be exact, are in town for the first in the nation republican leadership summit. jeb, marco, rand, they're all there. it's the first can't-miss event for the 2016 republican field and there's no doubt several hot button political issues are on the table that could help decide who will punch that gop ticket. let's dig right into it. joining me now is "the new york times" national correspondent jonathan martin and republican strategist and cnn political commentator kevin madden. so, jonathan, when there are 19 names in the hat, who